Rafael Nadal is defeated by Frances Tiafoe in a significant US Open

To defeat the second seed Rafa Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the U.S. Open fourth round on Monday, American Frances Tiafoe played the match of his life.

Rafael Nadal is defeated by Frances Tiafoe in a significant US Open

Nadal was defeated in a major for the first time this year. He had been attempting to win a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam trophy.

After defeating Nadal for the fifth time to pull off what is likely the tournament’s biggest upset, Tiafoe hid his face in his hands as he soaked in the applause from the roaring crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Despite Nadal’s surprisingly poor serving and returns, Tiafoe nevertheless played outstanding tennis and profited from it. In contrast to Tiafoe’s 48 winners, the Spaniard only struck 33 winners and committed nine double faults.

Nadal’s streak of 17 straight major championships in which he made it through the semifinals was broken by Tiafoe. Before withdrawing from his Wimbledon semifinal owing to an abdominal problem, the Spaniard conquered the Australian and French Opens this year.

After the game, Nadal offered no justifications for his performance in New York’s oppressive heat.

He wore a sweatshirt with a list of Serena Williams’ 23 Grand Slam triumphs on the back after the match. The pioneering Williams most likely competed in her final match of her career last week at the competition.

When he created a break point in the third set and then rewarded them with a backhand winner down the line for a 4-3 lead, Tiafoe energised the audience and made him race to his chair.

When Tiafoe was broken in the fourth set of a match in which Nadal was serving, he protested to the chair umpire about the sound of the roof closing for rain in the massive Ashe stadium. However, Nadal soon began to show signs of life and moved up 3-1 in the set.

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